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Fire after dog switches on cooker

Firefighters believe a dog accidentally switched on a cooker at a home in Dorset, sparking a fire which swept through the kitchen.

A neighbour dialled 999 when they heard a smoke detector sounding from the home next door in Addison Close, Gillingham.

Two fire crews arrived at the scene and managed to get the flames under control on Monday. No-one was hurt in the fire.

A fire service spokeswoman said there was extensive smoke damage to the kitchen caused by the incident.

She added: "The neighbour was alert and heard the alarm before investigating further at a safe distance.

"They quickly realised the fire service was needed and dialled 999.

"It would appear that the dog has somehow switched on the cooker which started the fire."

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